(Closed) How much time in between is too much ?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah why not.  4 Sounds like a better ceremony time.

Post # 4
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would move the ceremony. 4 is much better. You def don’t want everyone driving around and waiting for the doors to the reception hall to open!

Post # 5
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you can move it to 4pm I would. Does you cocktail hour start earlier?

We had the lovely Catholic gap. Our ceremony was a mass at 2, then a 30min drive to the reception. Our cocktail hour started at 6. I was so stressed about this the whole time with wedding planning but to be honest you never noticed that day. People went to the bar, a friends house, checked into the hotel, etc. and noone ever mentioned the gap.

So if you are stuck it is okay as long as your guest know, but if you have an option I would make it later.

Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would definitley move it to 4 p.m.

Post # 7
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think so long as your guests know then it should be fine. 

Post # 8
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think you should change your ceremony time. If I’m doing my math correctly, moving your ceremony to 4:00 only gives you one hour to take pictures at two separate locations. It will be even less time if you are running behind by even a little. It’s honestly not enough time. Keep the ceremony at 3:00. Guests will have to amuse themselves for two hours. That’s pretty standard from most weddings I’ve attended and it should be just fine.

Post # 9
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

IMO, move it to 4pm. I’ve been to a wedding that had a big gap b/t ceremony & reception, and you know what the guests did? Hit the bar early. Huge mistake – everyone was sloppy drunk & some didn’t even make it to dinner!

Post # 10
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I agree with the other posters. Personally, I think anything over an hour gets to be too long in between the ceremony & reception. As a guest, I hate waiting around or driving around looking for some where to go/something to go, especially if the wedding is out of town.

Post # 11
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve experienced weddings with large gaps and it’s never been an issue. We’ve always gone to the hotel, to a restaurant for some drinks etc… If you can move it to 4 without it affecting your photos or anything then do so, but otherwise your guests will sort it out themselves, they are adults after all.

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